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Rascal Flatts Goes To The Derby, Andy Griffith Goes To The Opry – Today In Country Music History

Dierks Bentley performs live at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

Rascal Flatts had the crowd on their feet before the Kentucky Derby in 2010, Dierks Bentley went to the land down under in 2009 and Andy Griffith debuted on the Grand Ole Opry stage in 1954.

Here’s the complete list for Today In Country Music History for 01 May, 2012.

  • Rascal Flatts sang the national anthem before the Kentucky Derby at Louisville’s Churchill Downs in 2010.
  • Dierks Bentley performed in Australia for the first time, opening for Brooks & Dunn in Perth, in 2009.
  • George Strait picked up a gold album for “Troubadour” in 2008.
  • Charlie Robison married Emily Erwin of the Dixie Chicks in 1999. The couple later divorced.
  • Tracy Lawrence‘s “Alibis” hit Number One on the country singles chart in 1993.
  • Charley Pride joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1993.
  • The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band‘s Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 2 was released in 1989.
  • Alabama‘s “Mountain Music” peaked at Number One on the Billboard country singles chart in 1982.
  • Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan taped the first installment of The Johnny Cash Show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in 1969.
  • Elvis Presley married Priscilla Beaulieu in Las Vegas in 1967.
  • Andy Griffith debuted on the Grand Ole Opry in 1954.

Here’s George Strait doing what he does best, being a Texas Troubadour.

 

 

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